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Recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese


  • Fresh minced meat
  • Bacon (can be found at Shoprite,Spar e.t.c)
  • Tastic Spaghetti.(my favourite brand)
  • 8 – 12 big Chopped Tomatoes.
  • 2 Medium Onions, peeled and finely diced.
  • 2 Sticks of Celery, trimmed and finely diced.
  • 2 Carrots, trimmed and finely diced.
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely diced.
  • 3 Medium Pepper (optional based on your desire for spice), seeded and finely sliced big chunk of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, plus extra for grating over.
  • 2 cooking spoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 Beef Stock Cube.
  • Glass of red wine (optional)
  • Herbs:- curry, thyme
  • 2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary.
  • Handful of Fresh Basil, plus extra for Garnish.
  • 1-2 Fresh Bay Leaves (dry bay leaves is common in Nigeria).
  • Olive oil.
  • Salt and Black Pepper.



Get yourself a non-stick pan, and place it on a medium heat. Add a good volume of olive oil and gently fry your bacon until golden and crisp, then reduce the heat slightly and add your onions, carrots, celery and garlic.

Next remove the leaves from the Rosemary sprigs and add them to the pot. Move everything around and fry for around 8-10 minutes until the veg has softened. Next, increase the heat slightly, add the minced meat and stir until the meat is browned all over.

Stir in your tins of chopped tomatoes, add your remaining herbs, tomato puree, stock cube, diced pepper and if using, the wine. Give everything a stir with a wooden spoon, breaking up the tomatoes as you go and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat to low-medium, put the lid on and leave it blipping away for about an hour and 15 minutes until the flavors develop into a wonderfully rich tomato sauce. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't catch.

Just as the sauce is nearly ready, add the grated parmesan cheese and season to taste. Meanwhile add salt to a pan of boiling water and cook the Tastic spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Once the spaghetti is ready, drain it and add it to the pan with the sauce. Give it all a good stir, coating the pasta in the lovely tomato sauce. Serve with a little sprinkle of grated parmesan and use the extra basil leaves to make a great little garnish.

Beautiful! Serve with a chilled glass of red wine.